Addis Ababa's International Photography Festival Addis Foto Fest Opens Today

Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa’s international photography festival kicks off today and takes place until December 8th 2012. Curated by photographer Aida Muluneh, this second edition of Addis Foto Fest will bring together photographers from cheapest viagra Africa, USA and Europe, in order to foster a dialogue through various events and workshops. With the participation of representatives from the global photography market, the activities of the festival will be an […]

 

Sharp Sharp: South African Street Culture Uncovered

(all images © Ed Suter) UK-born Cape Town photographer Ed Suter worked for a long time in the film industry before going to study photography at the London College of Printing. In the UK he has worked as an on-set photographer for BBC and Channel 4. In South Africa where he now lives, he has photographed in a few different fields (with David Beckham, for example) and now additionally works as […]

 

Vincent Michea: Before The Bigger Splash (Review)

In two of the paintings on show at Vincent Michea’s first UK exhibition the artist is present, front and centre but obscured. His back is to the audience and he is primarily made up of dots, painted into being point by point. In Before The Big Spalsh this invisible visible self is looking over and out onto a busy swimming pool. Then in Ma Pincée de Tuiles from somewhere up […]

 

Joburg Event: Left behind. The unofficial dOCUMENTA(13) opening

Joburg art lovers who won't be at the opening of  dOCUMENTA(13), the world famous art exhibition held every five years in Kassel, Germany, can still be at the dOCUMENTA(13) event at in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on Saturday the 9th of June.  Curated by Kudzanai Chiurai, whose works will be presented at this year's dOCUMENTA, the show will happen at Co-op and ROOM, both in Juta Street, and opens concurrently with Chiurai's […]

 

Review: 'Avenue Patrice Lumumba' by South African Photographer Guy Tillim at the Tate Modern

When you are a child of West African parents and of a first generation raised in the West understanding Africa is about reconciling all the Africas you know. Guy Tillim’s photos can help you do this, they invoke feelings of being in flux, up and down and in the middle, of definitions in transition. Read our review of this riveting exhibition.

 

Joburg Event: State Of The Nation by Kudzanai Chiurai

Don’t miss Kudzanai Chiurai’s forth-coming ‘State of the Nation’, a multi-media exhibition which proposes fresh ways of looking at the socio-politics of Africa today. It explores the African condition by juxtaposing the past and the present of a continent in the grip of violent civil wars.

 

7 African Animations You Should Know And Their Creators

Mark Kaigwa, recently back from curating the Africa Animation Film Forum at CinemAfrica in Stockholm, runs us through the new frontier in African story-telling. Here are some of the groundbreaking works of African animators and a shout out to the people behind them.

 

5 Things You Should Know Right Now

Kerry Washington’s new starring role alongside Jane Fonda in a film set in Congo, a hot new clothing line inspired by Xhosa initiation ceremonies, MI, Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince and Brymo’s freestyle on Westwood’s shows… Pop the hood and have a natter with us on these stories and more

 

PUMA & Kehinde Wiley present Legends of Unity

Back in Feb we told you about this collaboration between Puma and Nigerian/American fine artist Kehinde Wiley, which kicked off in Paris. Wiley created four original works of art inspired by three of football’s most decorated African players, Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, John Mensah of Ghana and Emmanuel Eboué of Ivory Coast.  Wiley painted three individual portraits of each player wearing the Africa Unity Kit, and then a fourth ‘Unity’ […]

 

AfriPOP! intervew: Inua Ellams

No one co-signed Phonte of Little Brother’s famous piss-take of black spoken word coffee house-type poets harder than me. Soon as they had the mic trust I’d be walking out. Because of those guys, I suspect I might have missed out on some genuinely gifted artists who could compose ideas beyond mythical black queens and their vaginas. At the time I was okay to take my chances.

 

AfriPOP! interview: Dawn Okoro

A lady outfitted in a costume suited for the finest dandy. A girl carefully crops out her face as she snaps her nude body with her camera phone. A dewy-faced, wet-lipped American Apparel model. These are the images that have inspired Ms. Dawn Okoro. Vibrant, sensual, and human are the oil on canvas paintings interpreting glossy fashion ads. With her recent move to New York, the part-Nigerian law student turned contemporary fine artist, is swiftly gaining recognition in these mean streets, having recently closed an exhibition at Harlem’s Renaissance Fine Arts Gallery. We previously featured Dawn Okoro’s work on the site, but we decided to catch up with her, in an attempt to gain entry into the mind of the gifted painter.

 

Puma + Kehinde Wiley FIFA world cup collabo

For 4 days starting today 4 February 2010, Parisians can enjoy the results of a partnership between Puma and contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley. Wiley was commissioned to paint portraits of Puma-sponsored African football stars Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, John Mensah of Ghana and Emmanuel Eboué of Ivory Coast. He also did a fourth one with all three of them to symbolise African unity. All four portraits will be on exhibition at […]

 

NYC Event: Dawn Okoro Art Opening 1/29

Nigerian artist Dawn Okoro has been steadily getting attention with her retro, empowered portraits of beautiful women. You can check out her work in person this today, January 29th at the Urban Pulse opening in Harlem. Renaissance Fine Art 2075 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. 7th Ave. @ 124th  St New York, New York  10027 www.therfagallery.com www.dawnokoro.com

 

Get To Know: Dawn Okoro

Dawn Okoro is an NYC-based, Texas-bred, Nigerian-American artist who specializes in sensual contemporary portraits with a retro vibe. Check out more of her work at www.dawnokoro.com

 

Center For Black Music Review @ Nat Geo

Last month, the world’s first interactive, multimedia museum dedicated to music of African origin, the Center for Black Music launched in Salvador, Brazil during the nation’s Black Consciousness Awareness Month. Nat Geo’s Evangeline Kim wrote a detailed account of the launch the center’s future plans under the supervision of Brazilian music great Carlinhos Brown: The Center is to be housed over 1000 square meters in the museum’s complex of building […]